Man Utd’s transfer window changed Roy Keane and Rio Ferdinand’s mind about club

One of the hardest tasks facing Manchester United managers since the days of Sir Alex Ferguson has been impressing the club's former players.

Many of them are pundits, and most of them enjoyed sensational careers at Old Trafford, in which they won numerous trophies with the club.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hasn't been under the spotlight in quite the same way as David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho, as he himself is a club legend.

But he has had to prove himself worthy of managing United – and it's safe to say he's done a great job of this in recent months.

The Red Devils' form before the outbreak of the coronavirus brought all Premier League fixtures to a standstill had been brilliant.

United have won seven of their past 10 fixtures, and were last beaten back in January.

The upturn in results could be put down to a number of factors, but it seems most are unanimous in the belief that the club's successful transfer window is directly responsible.

In January Manchester United brought in Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo.

Discussing the former on Sky Sports, Roy Keane explained why he's changed his mind on United because of Fernandes.

"I think the signs have been a lot better over the last month or so, obviously Fernandes coming in, I think they're building a little bit of momentum," Keane said on Sky Sports.

"We saw at the end of last season they faded away, they're now I think in a very good position to try and get into that top four and win a couple of cups.

"So I think the feel-good factor is definitely coming back to United. Forget obviously chasing the top two but in terms of Chelsea and Leicester, hunt them down.

"Yeah I think so [a trophy and top four would be a very good season]. I think where they've been over the last 12 months, go back to the game against Everton last year where you thought it was huge trouble for the club.

"But the signs have been a lot better over the last month or two but it's another big week coming up. Coming to Everton is a tough game for them, they've got a cup game and then obviously Man City next week.

"They've got momentum with them now which is huge. I think they have a great chance [of getting in the top four]. We were on about chasing Chelsea down, go after Leicester, I think they've got that momentum."

Keane isn't the only former Manchester United star who has changed his mind on the Red Devils in recent months.

Rio Ferdinand recently spoke out on the Ighalo signing, admitting he has been surprised by how good the striker has been for United.

"Eight games, three starts, four goals and one assist," said Ferdinand. "All you people saying 'What are we doing signing him?’ I was one of them, I have to admit it.

"He's proved us all wrong. It's refreshing to see someone like a supporter, he looks delighted to be there, like he's saying thank you every day to Ole.

"This boy looks like he's happy to be there, and whatever he's told to do he will do to the best of his ability.


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